The major political parties in Australia are engaged in a competition to outdo each other in their promises to mistreat boat people. The theory is that this will deter others from seeking protection here…
According to a poll taken last December, 60% of those surveyed think the Australian government should “increase the severity of the treatment of asylum seekers”. What’s behind this negative sentiment (otherwise…
Dave Baker's insight:
3 key bits of misinformation that are predictors for prejudice against asylum seekers
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Dave Baker's insight:
Very good article - so many people think that it's either super harsh deterrence or we just let everyone in and we get wildly swamped.There are sensible alternatives.
Although I think it could be more clearly said that just because these out of proportion harsh deterrence measures have reduced the number of boats - it does not mean that if we didn't have deterrence measures asylum seeker levels would rise out of proportion. Even without the alternatives - there in no evidence to support idea's we'd get swamped by asylum seekers in any reasonable scenario.
Check out the Parliamentary Library scoop below for facts and data on how we're not - nor were we ever 'swamped' with asylum seekers.
Why are we so intensely concerned about this small number of people. And why do we think that we need to spend ridiculous amounts of money to punish them when we could take the cheap (and smart) option and just be nice.
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The most updated source of information on boat arrivals + other info on our 'border protection'.
Not super sure who he is, and where all his information comes from - the boat arrivals often have a news story somewhere if you look and I tend to trust his count more than Scott Morrison.
Scott Morrison continues to discount all boats that he turns back, or people he sends back on lifeboats. Yes you can create your very own skewed data set for the success of deterrence measures if you physically intercept and return the boats on their way - and then only count the ones that arrive. Wasn't this about stopping deaths at sea by stopping people from making the dangerous journey in the first place?
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